The operatives of the Delta State Police Command said they have burst different criminal gangs that specialised in kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism, and drug peddling in the state.
Bright Edafe, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Delta State Command, who disclosed this in a statement made available to the reporter, said the command had been investigating the murder of Mrs Regina Ogana, who was kidnapped with her husband and other members of her family on August 2, 2023.
Edafe, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said that while the investigation was still on, the command received another distress call from the husband of the deceased that one of his brothers, Eseoghene Ezekiel Obeje, a 28-yr-old man, made a suspicious call to him that he was kidnapped and that the kidnappers were demanding a ransom of N500,000, adding that the money was transferred into the said Eseoghene’s account as his ransom.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Wale Abbas, according to the PPRO, gave a marching order to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Oreropke Division, to embark on an intelligence investigation and ensure that the perpetrators are arrested.
“Consequently, on August 11, 2023, at about 11.45 a.m., acting on technically generated information, according to Edafe, operatives of the Divisional Anti-Crime Patrol team led by the DPO CSP Paul E. Oboware stormed Odovie community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the State and arrested the Eseoghene Ezekiel Obeje at the same spot where the sum of N1,300,000.00 was earlier paid as ransom for the release of his elder brother who is the husband of the deceased woman.
“Investigation revealed that the said Eseoghene is a member of Eiye Confraternity and feigned his own kidnap and was also suspected to have masterminded the kidnap of his brother and other family members, which led to the death of Regina Ogana. The suspect is in custody, and the investigation is ongoing,” he stated.
The police image maker said that on August 10, 2023, at about 9.30 p.m., operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), while acting on a complaint received via petition, stormed Issele-Azagba Community in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, where one Igwe Uche, a 29-yr-old man; Victor Agogozia, 30; Afam Okoro Victor, 30, all residents of Issele-Azagba, were arrested.
He said that upon a search on the suspects, one locally made cut-to-size pistol, one single barrel gun, and one live cartridge was recovered.
He said that the suspects and exhibits are currently in police custody while an effort is being intensified to arrest other members of their gang.
“In Another development, on August 13, 2023, at about 9.30 p.m., while acting on credible intelligence received about some hoodlums who were on their way to attack unsuspecting person(s) along Umusadege quarters, the DPO Kwale Division, CSP Edwin Igoche, in a proactive manner, swiftly mobilised crack team of the division to Mid-western Road and in the process, two suspects, namely, Ugo Uzoka of Umusadege quarters aged 31 and Ebinum Snu, a 33-yr-old man were arrested.”
He said that one cut-to-size gun and six cartridges were recovered from them, adding that the suspects were in custody while the questioningwas ongoing.
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